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Durham loses another pitching prospect to an injury

Taylor Guerrieri was making his second start for Durham
Taylor Guerrieri was making his second start for Durham
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

As I write this at 10:47 PM Thursday, the early news on Taylor Guerrieri isn't encouraging. Here's what we know:

Guerrieri had Tommy John surgery four years ago.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (7-1)

Durham beat Charlotte 6-0 Thursday, but it may have come at a price. In the fourth, Taylor Guerrieri had to exit the game with an elbow injury. In his 3 2/3 innings, the righty had been effective, striking out five batters. The Bulls used four relievers to finish the remaining 5 1/3 innings and wrap up the shutout. Casey Gillaspie's RBI triple in the first opened the scoring, and he drove in a second run later in the game. Mike Marjama hit his third home run of the season.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (4-3)

Hunter Wood rebounded from a tough first outing in Montgomery's 4-1 win over Birmingham. After allowing three runs on six hits and five walks in 4 1/3 innings last time out, Wood limited the Barons to one run on three hits in seven innings with six strikeouts and no walks in his second start. With two outs in the third, Joe McCarthy singled home Riley Unroe to open the scoring, and McCarthy scored on Granden Goetzman's triple. Goetzman hit another RBI triple in the eighth to increase the winning margin.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (1-7)

A nine-run lead was enough of a cushion for Charlotte to earn its first win of the season, a 9-5 triumph over Lakeland. Already up 5-0 entering the sixth, the Stone Crabs scored what proved to be valuable insurance runs. Brandon Lowe's triple scored Ryan Boldt, and he came home on Jake Cronenworth's single. RBI hits by Brett Sullivan and Kevin Padlo made it a 9-0 game. Starter Jose Mujica only struck out one, but he didn't walk any batters and allowed just three hits in six scoreless innings. The Flying Tigers got to Brandon Lawson for five runs -- four earned.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (5-3)

A pair of Bowling Green pitchers held Fort Wayne to one hit in a 3-0 win over the TinCaps. Although he did pitch six no innings and strike out five, starter Brock Burke's outing wasn't necessarily smooth with five walks. A two-out single in the eighth off Roel Ramirez finally broke up the no-hitter. Josh Lowe's first hit of the season drove in Michael Brousseau in the fourth to open the scoring, and he singled in the seventh and scored on Lucius Fox's two-run hit that added insurance.

The preceding stories were not generated by the Associated Press computer using data from, and in cooperation with, MLBAM.

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Notable performances

Triple-A

SS Willy Adames: 0-for-5, 1 K
1B Casey Gillaspie: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI
OF Shane Peterson: 2-for-3, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
C Mike Marjama: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K

RHP Taylor Guerrieri: 3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

Double-A

OF Joe McCarthy: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
C Nick Ciuffo: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
OF Granden Goetzman: 3-for-4, 1 R, 2 3B, 2 RBI

RHP Hunter Wood: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Class A-Advanced

OF Jake Fraley: 0-for-5, 1 K
3B Kevin Padlo: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
OF Ryan Boldt: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 SB
SS Jake Cronenworth: 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB
C Brett Sullivan: 2-for-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI

RHP Jose Mujica: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
RHP Brandon Lawson: 2 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 2 K

Class-A

OF Garrett Whitley: 0-for-4, 4 K
OF Jesus Sanchez: 0-for-4, 1 K
CF Josh Lowe: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI
SS Lucius Fox: 1-for-3, 2 RBI

LHP Brock Burke: 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 5 K
RHP Roel Ramirez: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of milb.com)

Durham v. Gwinnett 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Ryan Yarbrough (0-1, 6.00) v. Lucas Sims (1-0, 1.80)

Montgomery @ Birmingham 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Yonny Chirinos (0-0, 1.29) v. Michael Kopech (0-0, 4.15)

Charlotte v. Lakeland 6:35 PM (radio stream)
Michael Velasquez (0-1, 8.44) v. TBA

Bowling Green v. Fort Wayne 7:35 PM (radio stream)
Peter Bayer (0-0, 1.80) v. Austin Smith (0-0, 3.38)

*Listed as TBA on milb.com

Scouting the opposition

Gwinnett Braves
4-4 (T-2nd in IL South)
Offense: 46 R (2nd) .736 OPS (6th)
Pitching: 3.60 ERA (6th) 1.29 WHIP (5th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Ozzie Albies (2), LHP Sean Newcomb (8), RHP Lucas Sims (14), 3B Rio Ruiz (20), RHP Luke Jackson (28), OF Adam Walker

Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
1-6 (5th in SL North)
Offense: 17 R (T-7th) .680 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 8.57 ERA (10th) 2.05 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Michael Kopech (5), RHP Spencer Adams (9), 3B Trey Michalczewski (13), 2B Jake Peter (16), RHP Connor Walsh (27), 1B Cameron Seitzer

Lakeland Flying Tigers
3-5 (6th in FSL North)
Offense: 16 R (12th) .620 OPS (9th)
Pitching: 3.15 ERA (7th) 1.03 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Beau Burrows (3), OF Jose Azocar (12), RHP Sandy Baez (13), RHP Mark Ecker (15), RHP Spencer Turnbull (19), RHP Drew Smith (24), C Arvicent Perez (27), LHP Matt Hall (28), LHP Jairo Labourt (29)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego)
2-6 (T-7th in MWL East)
Offense: 22 R (10th) .582 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 3.94 ERA (10th) 1.25 WHIP (9th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Jorge Ona (12), 3B Hudson Potts (14), SS Fernando Tatis Jr. (17), LHP Logan Allen (19)